The Bone Clocks

The Bone Clocks

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2014
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In 1984, teenager Holly Sykes runs away from home in England. Almost 60 years later, we find her in the far west of Ireland, raising two young children as the world's climate collapses. In between, Holly's life is repeatedly intersected by a slow-motion war between a cult of predatory soul-decanters and a band of vigilantes led by one Doctor Marinus. Holly begins as an unwitting pawn in this war - but may prove to be its decisive weapon.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, [2014], p2014
ISBN: 9781464018510
Branch Call Number: CD F MIT NVD
Characteristics: 21 sound discs (24 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
sound discs (hr., min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, LLC.
W.F. Howes, Ltd


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Apr 04, 2016

Elegantly written, stunningly descriptive…and the voice actors in this work are nothing short of remarkable. This has turned me into a devoted fan of audiobooks because it was so very, very good.

JCLHopeH Nov 11, 2015

I love the way author David Mitchell experiments with the concept of time and connects stories from one era to the next. The story is set in the real world with the addition of some fantastical elements meant to operate beneath the surface of general detection. Despite the mystical and sometimes confounding nature, the human faults and triumphs of the characters shine through and really bring the novel to life, especially with the cast of narrators. I admit, the only other Mitchell novel I've read is Cloud Atlas, and I actually found The Bone Clocks easier to follow, although some found the opposite.

jennywile Aug 01, 2015

This book has a lot going on: dystopian fiction, paranormal activity and writers' lives. Each character narrates sections so the voices are very important and the various narrators do a good job. If you are a woman born in the 70s as I am, you will get a kick out of following writer and clairvoyant, Holly Sykes, and the arc(s) of her long life. I would say read it for that alone. Overall though, it's really hard to grasp what is going on because so much happens. I read Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell and really enjoyed it, but this book wanders around, gets bogged down in plot and loses its purpose. If its purpose includes scaring me about climate change, it certainly achieved that. So my advice is too listen if you're in your 40s and like some dystopia. I can't imagine reading the entire thing in its hardcopy - listening kept me going and the voices were all pretty easy to listen to and believable. Holly's character started to grate on me toward the end, but maybe that was because I wanted some resolution.

skidrick Apr 12, 2015

1st half or more great - wonderful personality studies. 2nd half weak - uninteresting fantasy climax, dystopian future seems to have been cooked up over a few hours at a DNC convention. On the back half, he should have taken the advice of his fictional writer Crispin Hershey and striven to avoid cliches

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